This easy Halloween vignette is my nod to the holiday without committing to whole house decorating. Even though our children are adults and some with families of their own, I still like to do a little something here and there for each holiday.
Styling a vignette is the perfect opportunity to usher in the holiday spirit without committing to the whole house. I am not the empty nester that doesn’t know what to do now that the kids are gone. For one, our kids are not all far away and we do have a grandchild that thinks that she runs the place.
When the kids were little I definitely went all out for Halloween and they and their friends looked forward to it every year. Nowadays I’m satisfied with taking the easy route and this easy Halloween vignette was simple and very inexpensive. Once again, I shopped my house and used what I already had in a different way.
I set up this vignette in the living room. An area that was totally off limits when we were raising our family. It’s not such a big deal anymore. The console table was ideal for what I had in mind. I started by covering it in a fishnet piece of fabric and used a black and white damask remnant as the overlay.
In the center, I placed a black candelabrum that was the deal of the century. I used white tapers and embellished the one in the center with a glittery spider.
To the left of the candelabra is a tea light lamp that gives added height to the vignette. The white shade was a thrift store find. On the left is my cloche of skulls. It sits on a black cake plate adorned with orange ribbon at the base. At the end of the post, there is a quick tutorial on how to put it together. For fill ins I used two dollar store pre-lit skulls and scattered skeletons throughout the vignette.
One of my favorite pieces is the open skull on a stand. Mr. Skull is wearing the latest in creepy fashioned, a big fat spider. A LED light is inside because Mr. Skull likes to shine as often as he can.
Rounding out the décor is a silver pumpkin with rhinestones around the stem. For us this was just enough to whet our appetite for Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s when the gloves come off and I am fully committed to whole house holiday decorating. All the kids come home for Christmas and then I am in full mommy mode!
Cloche of Skulls
Supplies – cake stand, ribbon, moss, small cloche, small skulls, hot glue or other adhesive, cardboard circle.
I started with an 8” cardboard circle and trimmed it down to just shy of 6” so it would fit inside the cloche
I used hot glue on the outer edges of the cardboard circle to start attaching the moss. Filling in towards the center until I had a nice mound.
Once the cardboard was filled in with moss, I smashed it down and on the sides so that it would easily fit under the cloche but still look full. I trimmed the edges a bit with scissors for a better fit. Keeping trying with the cloche over the moss until you come to a size that allows for fullness and is as neat as possible. However, don’t obsess about a few pieces of moss sticking out it’s no big deal.
Now that the moss on the cardboard is a good fit, start placing the skulls. You have two options here. Using hot glue to keep the skulls in place or creating a small pocket to nestle them. Hot glue is pretty much a done deal and you won’t be able to move them without creating a bit mess. Creating a pocket to rest them in disturbs the nicely trimmed moss and you may have to keep adjusting the skulls. In addition, if you’re moving the piece after you have assembled it the skulls may shift when you pick it up. I opted for the hot glue.
After its assembled tie the ribbon around the pedestal of the stand and stand back and admire your work. Easy peasy right? Minimum supplies and effort.
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